Please join the Harriman Institute and the International and Transcultural Studies (ITS) Workshop at Teachers College, Columbia University for a talk with Katerina Bodovski, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Education, Pennsylvania State University.
Childhood and Education in the United States and Russia: Sociological and Comparative Perspectives
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Room 305, 3rd Floor Russell Hall (Teachers College Library, enter at West 120th St between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Utilizing sociological and comparative international perspectives, we will look at the ways childhood and education manifest themselves within the social reality of the contemporary US and Russia. In such investigation, the differences are as insightful as are similarities. The evidence on three main trends will be presented. First, over the last half a century, with the rapid expansion of higher education, we observe a greater emphasis on academic outcomes throughout childhood which, in turn, makes parenting further geared to academic success. Second, the sociological research shows profound inequality existing within and between countries that affects children’s everyday experiences, as well as their lifelong chances. Childhood is stratified, now more than ever, by the social background into which a child is born and also by the country in which they are raised. Finally, the emerging evidence shows the strengthening children’s agency, observed both in theoretical developments in sociology of education and childhood, and educational practice and parental strategies. The interplay between the agency of children (and parents) and the structure of education under different national contexts is a fascinating area of inquiry. The arguments are supported by quantitative analysis of the data drawn from several large datasets, both national and international.
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